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Cite as: (2007) 81(7) LIJ, p. 17

Four new magistrates appointed

State Attorney-General Rob Hulls announced the appointment of four new magistrates last month, including an acting magistrate for the Children’s Court. A barrister with particular expertise in criminal law, child protection and intervention orders, Michelle Ehrlich will be the acting magistrate for the Children’s Court. Barrister Gerard Lethbridge, criminal law specialist Gerard Bryant and Federal Court deputy registrar Fiona Hayes are the other appointments.

Victorian judges hit the books

Victorian judges must attend professional development and training programs under new state legislation. Mr Hulls said the laws would keep judges in touch with legal and community trends, while maintaining independence of the judiciary. The Judicial College of Victoria received $600,000 over four years in the 2007-08 state Budget for training activities at the Supreme, County and Magistrates’ Courts and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

AAT deputy president reappointed

Howard William Olney QC has been reappointed as the part-time Administrative Appeals Tribunal deputy president. He was appointed to the position in June 2005 and was a presidential member of the AAT from 1988-2003. Mr Olney is also the Northern Territory Aboriginal Land Commissioner and a Western Australia Supreme Court judge.

Woman claims Crown Counsel role

Dr Karin Emerton will offer legal advice to the state Attorney-General, Victorian Government Solicitor and Solicitor-General after taking up a three year appointment as Crown Counsel (Advisings). Dr Emerton has practised as a barrister, primarily in administrative, constitutional, company and commercial law. She also provided legal and policy advice to the Attorney-General’s Department in the early 1990s.

County Court de novo appeals stay

Victoria is to retain the current de novo system of appeals in criminal proceedings from the Magistrates’ to the County Court, following a recommendation from the Victorian Parliament Law Reform Committee.


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